Bird Eye-dentification

Ultraviolet light reception, a third “eyelid”– the nictitating membrane– irises that span nearly all the colors of the rainbow, immobile eyeballs and more! Bird’s eyes are pretty rad.

A few enjoyable experiences with the local birds as of late– close encounters with cooperative birds, combined with my 65 mm Leica Televid scope– has provided the opportunity for jaw-dropping investigation of avian ojos. I’ve gained an appreciation for the beauty and unique variety of bird eyes. And just imagine all the incredible sights that all of these eyes have cumulatively witnessed throughout their years!

Upon detailed inspection of photos one evening, I noticed that a heavily cropped eye photo turned into a pixelated puzzle. Just for fun, the first person to guess all of the species correctly will win a fun Leica prize. All of these birds were photographed in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. As the person to take the photos as well as crop them, my disclaimer is that I have no clear concept of the difficulty of this quiz.

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Eye 1: We’ll start off with something a little easy

 

#2: I enjoyed the subtle color variations around this eyeball.

#2: I enjoyed the subtle color variations around this eyeball.

#3: This one looks a bit sleepy...

#3: This one looks a bit sleepy…

#4: And this one seems angry. Oh, how we personify birds...

#4: And this one seems angry. Oh, how we personify birds…

#5: Blue as pure as the ocean.

#5: Blue as pure as the ocean.

#6: Can you identify this black bird...by its iris?

#6: Can you identify this black bird…by its iris?

#7: There exist few birds with this stunning attire.

#7: There exist few birds with this stunning attire.

#8: I'll just leave it to you from here...

#8: I’ll just leave it to you from here…

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How do you think you did? Comment below with your guesses. I’ll be back to post the answers at a later date!